Cajon Speedway race report 2002-05-25

Danny Gay drains Cajon field. EL CAJON, CA. Danny Gay is leading the late model sportsman points chase at Cajon Speedway. But not until Saturday night was he able to win his first NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge main event of 2002...

Danny Gay drains Cajon field.

EL CAJON, CA. Danny Gay is leading the late model sportsman points chase at Cajon Speedway. But not until Saturday night was he able to win his first NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge main event of 2002 on the 3/8 mile paved oval.

The contest was called after 38 of its scheduled 40-laps. The stoppage was necessary to clear up water that had been splashed onto the track^Òs fourth turn. Claude Bell took second in the contest. Bob Wickey, David Beat, and Rod Hildebrand rounded out the top five.

Ivan Harrison paced all 25 circuits of the street stock feature. Ed Hale worked hard to earn his 151st Cajon career main event victory in the 20-lapper for pony stocks. Pat Garity captured the 20-lap bomber stock finale. Matt Arnold took home the trophy in the 20-lap factory stock main event.

Gay moved into the lead in the sportsman main seven laps into the contest. Bob Wickey set the early pace. Bell, who got blocked on the start and lost several positions, followed Gay past Wickey. But Bell was only able to challenge Gay briefly the rest of the way. That came following a lap 29 slowdown.

The race was a costly one for John Manke, who entered the night second in points, just 13 tallies behind Gay. Manke and Rick Chavez played tag at the start of the feature and then locked horns on lap 4. Manke ended up nosing head first into the crashwall halfway down the backstretch. While he was not hurt, his Monte Carlo suffered major front end damage.

Just after Gay got the white flag, indicating the final lap, Jeff Seifert spun in turn four and splashed water from the infield up onto the track. The yellow was thrown and two drivers, Rod Hildebrand and Rick Chavez, spun in the water. The decision was made to call the race at this point. The finish reverted to the order on lap 38.

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